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Mission Wolf: Practices what it teaches

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Mission Wolf's headquarters aren't located in a swanky suite of offices in Washington, D.C. or some other major city, and staffed by highly paid employees. Instead Mission: Wolf's headquarters are located where the wolfs are located in rural Colorado, 15 miles from the nearest paved road. The necessary buildings are built to have minimum impact on the environment and both passive and solar panels are use to generate warmth and electrical energy. The structures are largely built of recycled building materials.

The reason for the lack of amenities is logical . According Kent Weber, executive director and co-founder of Mission: Wolf "Mission: Wolf is designed to be an inspiring example of what sustainable living can look like." It is certainly apparent to any visitors or volunteers who manage to reach Mission: Wolf, this is a place for the wolves not humans.

This reporter interviewed Weber for an episode of Max A Pooch's Awesome Animal Advocates on Pet Life Radio. Where Weber shared with him many interesting facts about Mission: Wolfs, it's programs and most importantly the wolves.

According to Weber, "Mission: Wolf is a sanctuary for approximately 38 wolves and wolf-dog hybrids.:"

These are not wolves that were taken from the wild. Instead they were born in cages. Weber says, "In the US, there are about a quarter of a million wolves in captivity and fewer than 10,000 wolves in the wild. Most of the captive wolves born each year do not survive to see their first birthday, because they are destroyed or neglected."

Weber explains, "Experiential education is at the heart of what we do; no lecture can replace hands-on experience. Experiences with Mission: Wolf are real and have lasting impact. Visitors here don’t forget helping build something, riding out a hail storm in a tipi, or meeting a wolf face-to-face.

The four primary experiential educational opportunities that Mission: Wolf provides are: The Ambassador Tour, Experiential Education, Land Conservation, and Horse Education.

Visitors are always welcome at Mission: Wolf, but be warned getting there in the winter, is no easy task. Driving directions and general visitor and volunteer information can be found at the Mission:Wolf website.

The organization also works with a couple of groups that offer children experiences they will remember all of their lives. The Road Less Traveled, a Chicago Area Organization offers as part of its adventures experiences for both teens and middle school students that include time at Mission: Wolf.

The final impression this reporter had about Mission: Wolf is that this is an organization where maximum utilization is made of every dollar donated, or item on their wish list is something that is vitally needed.



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